Russell Cook of The Heartland Institute comments: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has gone even fuller woke than they were before. Key bits from their email below, from their new president Johanna Chao Kreilick.”
New UCS President Johanna Choa Kreilick via May 10, 2021 email: “My background is in social science and my studies and field work were in cultural anthropology. Early in my career I worked as a community organizer fighting for racial and economic justice. For most of the past decade, I’ve been at the Open Society Foundations where I served on the executive team leading their $27 billion justice and human rights philanthropy and launched and led the strategy unit.”
Climate Depot’s Morano comments: George Soros is the founder and the chair of the Open Society Foundations. Johanna Chao Kreilick managed the Open Society Foundations’ strategy unit and she founded the $43 million Climate Action Initiative.
Why is this so important? The Union of Concerned Scientists essentially oversaw the U.S. federal government’s National Climate Assessment in 2017. The extreme catastrophic climate scenarios used in the 2017 National Climate Assessment report read like a press release from environmental pressure groups — because it was! Two key authors were long-time Union of Concerned Scientist activists, Donald Wuebbles and Katharine Hayhoe.
Fast forward to 2021 and the new head of the Union of Concerned Scientists comes fresh from left-wing activist George Soros’ foundation. It is amazing how easy it is to purchase climate policy based on discredited extreme climate scenarios in the United States of America. We don’t face a ‘climate emergency’, but we do face left-wing climate activists running U.S. government science reports and policy.”
Today is my first day as president of the Union of Concerned Scientists—and I couldn’t be more excited to join this pathbreaking organization.
First, thank you for fighting to ensure that independent science and facts inform the most consequential decisions of our lives. The Union of Concerned Scientists would not have managed to secure so many victories for clean air, clean energy, and healthy communities without your support and advocacy.
Experience has repeatedly taught me that to make meaningful change in the world we need both rigorous science and effective political action.
My background is in social science and my studies and field work were in cultural anthropology. Early in my career I worked as a community organizer fighting for racial and economic justice. For most of the past decade, I’ve been at the Open Society Foundations where I served on the executive team leading their $27 billion justice and human rights philanthropy and launched and led the strategy unit. During the last two years there, I focused on the justice and equity dimensions of the climate crisis. I learned that working to support strategies to drive down climate emissions means taking a hard look at the interlocking system of energy, transportation, food, community resilience and adaptation, and the building of political will. This includes overcoming the threat posed by digital disinformation that gets in the way of greater public understanding and action on climate. In these past efforts, I have worked closely with scientists and technical experts and seen firsthand the importance of anchoring climate strategy and policy advocacy in independent data and science.
That’s what calls me to UCS at this critical moment. We cannot tackle climate change; shift to clean energy; transform our food system into one that is healthy, just, and sustainable; or reduce the threat posed by nuclear weapons without science at the core of our solutions. We stand at a very tenuous moment in our democracy in the United States, and we must have rigorous analysis, independent thinking, and honest dialogue to withstand a rising tide of autocratic forces that threaten our democracy’s foundation.
If there is one thread that runs through my life it is this: I’ve seen repeatedly that, when we harness the value of justice with the power of science, we create an unstoppable force for meaningful change to improve people’s lives.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has been a highly effective and strategic change agent for decades, and I couldn’t be prouder to lead this organization at this pivotal moment in our history. I look forward to working with all of you on the important and urgent endeavors that lie ahead.
Johanna Chao Kreilick
Union of Concerned Scientists